Karnataka Polls: Internal Differences Delay Congress' First List Of Candidates

Karnataka Polls: Internal Differences Delay Congress' First List Of Candidates

CM Siddaramaiah who was expected to contest from two seats will be contesting only from the Chamundeshwari seat as he had earlier announced.

Mr Gandhi evidently told Mr Siddaramaiah to pick one seat of his choice rather than stand from both Badami in the north and Chamundeshwari in the south.

While the Congress is estimated to win 90-101 seats, its primary challenger BJP is slated to win 78-86 seats.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, a senior leader disclosed that the tussle was reduced from 25 contentious seats till Friday evening to 10-12 seats by Saturday evening.

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For the BJP, victory is important not only because the party wants to snatch yet another state from the Congress, but also to deal a blow to the growing perception that Modi can be defeated in 2019. In view of such a stand adopted by Mr Siddaramaiah, the leader seems set to have a major say in the selection process, the leader added. The polling dates for the elections are decided as May 12, while the counting of votes shall happen on May 15. Though the 69-year-old veteran leader contested from the same seat seven times since 1983 and won five times, he was re-elected from Varuna in this district in the 2013 assembly poll. The party is expected to release its second list today, following the conclusion of the Central Election Committee meeting underway in the national capital.

Congress leader and member of the CEC Ambika Soni said the list is not finalised yet and further discussions will take place today. "There is a sense of over-confidence that the votes of minorities will not go to anyone but Congress", a source said. On April 8, the Bharatiya Janata Party has announced the first list of 72 candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections.

But what really caused sleepless nights to the BJP top brass was the party's own internal survey, which gave the Congress a lead in more than 100 seats.

In the outgoing assembly, the Congress has a total of 122 MLAs.

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